A suspected gang member made it easy on Richmond police Thursday when he attempted to flee a vehicle that the cops hadn’t even pulled over.
Police detectives were patrolling the 500 block of Maine Avenue about 4:30 p.m. when a vehicle they encountered “suddenly pulled over,” police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said Friday. Although the cops hadn’t approached the vehicle or announced any intent to pull it over, a man jumped out and started running while holding his waistband.
Police immediately set up a perimeter and located the suspect, 21-year-old Richmond resident Phillip Christian, a short time later without further incident, Abetkov said. A police dog searched the area and found a Glock 9mm with a 30-round magazine “in the pathway the suspect ran,” Abetkov said.
Though Christian’s alleged decision to flee the vehicle appears rash, it might have been his only hope of staying out of jail.
The detectives who had been patrolling that night were members of RPD’s gang unit. They had been doing routine patrols in response to recent gang violence in Richmond. Abetkov believes the detectives would have eventually pulled the vehicle over after spotting gang members inside.
When Christian fled the car, the detectives recognized him as a known member of the Main Line Gang, Abetkov said.
Burglars be gone!
Richmond police have arrested 13 people on suspicion of burglary during the past two weeks. Four were juveniles, police said. Chief Chris Magnus said this “kind of work is why burglary is down 40-percent from last year.”
Twice in the past week, thieves were caught stealing metal wiring from the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. yard on S. 27th Street. A 38-year-old man was arrested about 1 a.m., police said.